Brent Council executive approve fresh approach to Church End regeneration

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At Church End Market

Last week at the Council’s Executive meeting, the Labour run administration agreed to get officers to develop and publicly consult on a new mixed use development on the Council owned section of land in this area, which will also include the provision of a new market square. The council’s intention is to secure planning permission and seek a developer partner to develop the site.

Over the last 10 years ago, there have been quite a few plans coming forward from the main landowner in this area, Catalyst, but due to unforeseen circumstances, issues such as the way housing partners need to fund schemes, etc, it has been difficult to get these plans going.

Church End is identified as one of the five borough Growth Areas and as a Priority Neighbourhood in the Council’s Regeneration Strategy.

This decision means we are looking at options to kick start the regeneration of the Church End local centre by developing proposals to bring forward a more rationalised development on the Council owned land within the car-park.

Although the proposals would deliver fewer homes than a comprehensive redevelopment of the area the scheme would still involve the provision of a new public square which would provide a permanent home for the Church End market. The new market square will be designed to be publicly accessible to all.

No doubt there will be scepticism as many plans have emerged over the last ten years, but I am personally committed to do what I can to drive this forward.

To see the decision document, click on the LINK

Extremely proud of a Dudden Hill resident

I am extremely proud of a Cobbold Road resident from Dudden Hill Ward who I recently spoke to on the doorstep recently.

I have been encouraging local residents to note down details of anyone they see dumping and to send these straight through to me. This morning, a resident texted me through number plate details for a vehicle who dumped rubbish. I will be following this up.

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Dudden Hill Walkabout – Saturday 20th August 2011 from 4PM

Join Councillor Hirani and the Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team for a Ward walkabout from 4PM today. We will meet at outside the Subway fast-food shop at Neasden Shopping Centre and from there, walk on towards the Church End area.

Ward Working funds for AFC Wembley to work with NEETs in Dudden Hill

Many may be aware that the Church End part of Dudden Hill Ward is statistically one of the most deprived areas not only in Brent, but also perhaps in London and the wider Country.

NEETs is the term applied to people who are Not in Education Employment or Training. In a joint venture with Labour Councillors in Harlesden Ward, we decided to provide funds to AFC Wembley to work with young people in the area to provide guidance and involve them in whatever aspect attracted their tastes with the club. If they were interested in developing a career in marketing, or music, or IT, or whatever, AFC Wembley would find a role and accommodate and provide life mentoring and guidance and support also.

Hundreds in Dudden Hill say no to Tory-Liberal NHS reforms

In the space of two hours, over 300 people signed a petition opposing changes to the NHS coming from the Tory-Liberals.

As part of Labour London Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone’s day of action on the NHS, the Brent Labour Party were talking to people at the Saturday Church End Market in Dudden Hill Ward and many were concerned with the Government changes to our NHS.

The way the Government has gone about these changes has been a total fiasco. It has failed the first test of reform with Doctors, Nurses and other health professionals opposed to Andrew Lansley’s personal pet project manufactured in partnership with Lib Dem Minister Paul Burstow.

I think the Tory Liberals are finally coming round and realising that the change originally proposed was a change that would make Health provision in this country worse, not better and that is why they embarked on a pause and reflect period in their reforms. This is welcome. However, I believe the Health Bill is rotten to the core and if the Coalition are serious about making positive reforms, they need to withdraw the current Bill from Parliament and start again with a new Health Bill from scratch.


Councillor Advice surgery update for 21st May 2011

Logo for the College of North West London

On Saturday 21st May, the College of North West London will be hosting an enrolment day. If you would like to see more information about this, please visit their website here – LINK.

I usually run a Councillor advice surgery on the thrid Saturday of every month at the Dudden Hill campus of the College. However, the building will be unavailable for this purpose on Saturday 21st May and therefore my surgery will not be running at the college this Saturday.

If anyone wishes to see me for advice, I will make myself available at the Church End Market from 11am to 1pm so please come and find me if you have any issues to raise with me.

Ebony Court officially opened

On Thursday afternoon, Mayor of Brent, Councillor Harbhajan Singh officially opened the new Ebony Court development in Dudden Hill Ward. It is located near the Brent Magistrates Court by the Church End area.

I attended a ‘meet your neighbours’ event a few months ago when people first moved in so it was good to see people had settled into their new homes a few months on.

I am on the board of the housing group that developed this project as part of my Council appointments to outside bodies and we are exploring the possibility of developing the Church Road area, which is in big need of regeneration. I will push for the regeneration of this area to incorporate a new market square.

See more about Ebony Court here: LINK

Coalition cuts deprive Dudden Hill Ward residents of 2,132 frontline police hours

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I have made strong representations to the Borough Commander following the loss of Dudden Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team staff. Coalition and Mayoral cuts to police budgets are leading to recruitment freezes in police numbers which means that there are currently no plans to replace members of staff. I am therefore worried that given the loss of full time staff, residents in Dudden Hill may be permanently deprived of around 2,142 hours of frontline police hours a year. That is something I do not want for my residents. Our safety is not a price worth paying.

I am particularly concerned given the high crime rate in parts of Dudden Hill Ward – particularly the Church Road area which according to Metropolitan Police Crime Map figures had a crime rate of 21.12 in October 2010 which is more than double the 9.52 average crime rate in Brent.

I am fighting to make sure that Dudden Hill is represented and I am actively making a strong case to the Borough Commander to divert more resources for my ward.

Sentences handed to ChurchEnd dealers

The Willesden and Brent Times is reporting that seven drug dealers, who plied their trade on a notorious street have been sentenced in court. The dealers were arrested as part of Operation Soto which involved an 18-month long undercover operation that targeted drug dealing in Church Road, which is in Dudden Hill Ward. I first raised the issue on my blog in 2009 LINK.

Gold chain thieves arrested: Willesden and Brent Times

Last month I blogged on an increase in incidents of gold chain snatching LINK.

The Willesden and Brent Times are reporting that two people have been sentenced for robbery in a police crackdown on thieves who snatch valuable jewellery from people walking by.

Brent police launched a massive undercover operation in August to find and arrest thieves who were grabbing gold chains from the necks of innocent victims.

The operation was launched in response to an unprecedented crime wave of jewellery muggings with some 90 reported in 12 weeks. Church Road market in Dudden Hill Ward, and Ealing Road market in Wembley, were flagged up as particular hotspots although as my article says, incidents were not restricted to these two areas.

In the first case, a 14-year-old youth from Harlesden, was sentenced to a six month parenting order and a supervision referral order for 12 months at Brent Youth Court for attempted robbery. The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, followed a woman, 47, as she walked home in Neasden.

As she turned into Denzil Road, the youth stopped her and asked for the time. He then grabbed her by the neck and left shoulder and threw her to the floor before trying to pull a gold chain from her neck. Passers by heard her scream and ran over to help.

Fortunately, officers were nearby and stopped the 14-year-old from running off. He was arrested for robbery. He later pleaded guilty at court.

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Detective Sergeant, Mark Fletcher, from the Priority Crime Unit, said: “This suspect was arrested as a result of public spirited citizens and police coming to the assistance of a lone female who was being subjected to a cowardly attack.

“Brent police are dedicated to pro-actively patrolling the streets, looking for suspects concerned in robbery offences. We will continue this positive action in order to identify, arrest and convict robbery offenders.”

Source: Willesden & Brent Times